At CLAWS we are very lucky as we have our own isolation unit (purchased with money raised by a specially organised fund raising event).
In the summer of 2020 we received a call from a local cat rescue group that had an injured cat needing to be isolated and were able to take him in.
That was when GREGORY, as we named him, a beautiful big ginger boy, came to CLAWS. Sadly he had deep puncture wounds in his back and thighs, inflicted by a dog.
We put him in the iso unit with an igloo, food and water and left him to get used to his new surroundings. During the following days he settled in quite well – eating, drinking and sleeping. Slowly but surely the hissing and spitting stopped and his pupils did not dilate when he was spoken to.
After four weeks he was transferred to a pen in the run of six. He came on in leaps and bounds allowing his carer to stroke his chin and head. When he placed his head in his carer’s hand and purred it was the icing on the cake.
All went well until September 2021 when we noticed his left eye was cloudy which can be a sign of Horner’s disease and /or UVEitis so we made an appointment at the vet. He took a blood sample as sometimes a cloudy eye can be a symptom of FeV, FelV or FIP. He also had a cataract in his left eye.
We were relieved when the result came back negative. He had to have cream put in his eye twice a day (he was not impressed !) and went back for a check-up after a week. Sadly he had lost the sight in that eye.
It is remarkable how cats adapt to disability. You would never know there was anything wrong – he just carries on as usual.